New York City Estate Litigation Attorney
This law firm takes pride in its record of success in estate litigation. If you feel that you are not getting a fair share of the estate, let our law firm handle the negotiations and proceedings, for a peace of mind that comes with knowing that your case is being handled by an experienced New York City estate attorney.
Here is how our attorneys can excel on your behalf:
- Fighting Will Contests – The validity of a will can be disputed on many bases. Allegations of incapacity, coercion, and fraud are common. Accusations of forgery or improper execution are also brought to challenge a will. Some may claim that a later will is discovered. Learn more about what grounds can be used to contest a will in New York.
- Resolving Disagreements in the Estate – With the proper direction, many estate disagreements can be resolved without court intervention. This includes disagreements over sell vs. keep, valuation, who gets what, and items with intangible value. However, in many cases no agreement is possible. This is where our attorneys strive to obtain the best possible distribution for our client. Learn more about New York estate disagreements
- Addressing the Way the Estate is Handled – Estate beneficiaries are sometimes dissatisfied with the way the estate is handled by an administrator, executor, trustee, or their attorneys. Fiduciaries may bring an accounting proceeding to get a formal report on how the estate is being handled and impose sanctions if the estate is being handled improperly. Some accountings are contested. In the most egregious cases, such as where self-dealing or even stealing from the estate is suspected or incompetence is shown, beneficiaries may seek fiduciary removal.
- Resolving Unclear Directions – Unclear instructions sometimes occur when wills, trusts, and other disposition documents are not carefully drafted. Whether the ambiguities work out to your advantage or disadvantage, this law firm will make every effort to have the documents interpreted in your favor. Learn more about ambiguities in a will or trust
- Litigating Spousal Claims – If the decedent died without a will (intestate), a spouse usually has the right to fifty thousand dollars and one-half of the residue of the estate. Even if there is a will disinheriting the spouse, a spouse can usually still override the will by claiming the "New York elective share." The elective share consists of the greater of fifty thousand dollars or one-third of the estate if the couple has children, or up to one-half of the estate if the couple has no children. Learn more about spousal claims.
- Conducting Kinship Determinations – When a relationship to the deceased is in question, a kinship proceeding arises. In kinship proceedings, we may litigate over situations involving the need to look back multiple generations or unravel vague circumstances. Learn more about kinship claims.
If you are involved in one or more of the scenarios listed above or in other type estate litigation, this law firm can help you put the proceeding on the winning track. Call us at (212) 233-1233 and get a hold of a New York City estate attorney who will fight for your fair share of the estate.